A woman who stole 17 football jerseys from a shop claimed that she only went in to buy another item and never intended stealing anything.
However, Judge Con O’Leary told her yesterday: “It is hard to accept that was an impulse action. It takes quite a bit of nerve to go in and lift €1,200 worth of football jerseys.”
Chelsea Hurley, with addresses at Dunmanus Crescent, Knocknaheeny, Cork City, and a flat at Alexandra Rd in St Luke’s, Cork City, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing the property from the Lifestyle store at Blackpool shopping centre on August 26.
Inspector Mary King said Hurley went into the shop on that date and took the 17 football jerseys from their hangers and left without paying for them.
Defence solicitor Diane Hallahan said: “When she went into the shop it was not her intention to steal. She cannot explain it. It was her intention to buy an item.”
Ms Hallahan said that the defendant saw hangers on the floor and it appeared that others had stolen shirts earlier so she decided to do likewise.
Judge O’Leary said that the 19-year-old had been given the benefit of the probation service on a previous occasion.
He said that, on this occasion, he was imposing a four-month suspended jail term.
“If she goes on stealing, I will be able to say she has been given the benefit of probation and she has been given this warning,” the judge said.
Hurley also pleaded guilty to stealing €50 worth of items from Claire’s Accessories in Blackpool around the time of the other theft.
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